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EXCLUSIVE: We want to make sure we peak at the right time ahead of the ODI World Cup; Ben Stokes is the best all-rounder in the world: Joe Root | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: England's dominant run in limited overs cricket in recent years is no secret. They are the defending ODI World champions as well as the defending World champions in the T20I format, after winning the last edition in Australia to become just the second team after the West Indies to win the T20 World Cup title twice. England will now aim to defend their ODI World Cup title when they travel to India in October this year for the showpiece event. Over the years, one standout player for the English team has been Joe Root. The former England Test captain has now set his sights on the upcoming tour to New Zealand starting February 16.Root, who is playing for the Dubai Capitals in the DP World ILT20 league being played in the UAE, spoke to TimesofIndia.com in an exclusive interview an...
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Door open for Ben Stokes to end ODI retirement and play World Cup: Matthew Mott | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: The door is open for Test captain Ben Stokes to end his retirement from one-day internationals and join England's title defence at the 50-overs World Cup in India later this year, white-ball coach Matthew Mott said.Stokes was named Player of the Match in the 2019 World Cup final when England beat New Zealand at Lord's and was their top-scorer in the final of the T20 World Cup in Australia last year.He decided to quit one-day cricket last year citing his workload but Mott said he would be happy to discuss the situation if things changed ahead of the World Cup in October-November."The door is always open for a player of that quality but we are also very aware that his main focus is red-ball cricket as the captain," Mott told reporters ahead of the three-match ODI series in South A...
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ICC withdraws demerit point to Rawalpindi stadium | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: The ICC has withdrawn its demerit point awarded to the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium for producing a below-par pitch during the Test match between Pakistan and England Test in December last year.Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi said they had written a strong letter to the ICC challenging their decision to award the demerit point to the Pindi stadium."We wrote a long and strong letter to the ICC as soon as I became chairman, outlining the records of other venues and challenging on what grounds Pindi stadium should be given a demerit point when we even had a result in the said match," Sethi told the media in Lahore."I am glad to announce the ICC have accepted our point of view and withdrawn the demerit point."England won the first Test against Pakistan played at P...
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Australia Test star Steve Smith signs for Sussex ahead of Ashes | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: Australia Test star Steve Smith will prepare for this year's Ashes with a short stint at English county side Sussex, the club announced on Thursday.Smith, second in the Test batting rankings, will be available for County Championship matches against Worcester, Leicestershire and Glamorgan before the first Ashes Test starts at Edgbaston on June 16.The signing of the former Australia captain, who averages more than 60 in 92 Tests, will give him valuable batting practice in English conditions."I am excited about joining Sussex for a few games in May and hopefully making a contribution to a successful season," said the 33-year-old."I am particularly looking forward to working with the younger players in the squad and hoping I can provide some guidance to them."Sussex Cricket CEO Rob...
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India vs England Hockey World Cup Live: India face hockey’s ‘Bazball’ – The Times of India

India vs England Hockey World Cup Live: India face hockey's 'Bazball'A perfect start to their campaign with a dominant win over Spain, notwithstanding, India will face a stern test when they take on an equally impressive England in their second pool match of the FIH Men's Hockey World Cup in Rourkela on Sunday. Stay updated with Times of India to get all the live updates of the match.Read LessTHE TIMES OF INDIA | Jan 15, 2023, 18:32:41 ISTFacebookTwitterLinkedinEMail!(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { window.TimesApps = window.TimesApps || {}; const { TimesApps } = window; TimesApps.loadFBEvents = function() { (function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { if (f.fbq) return; n = f.fbq =...
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Gareth Bale announces retirement from football | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: Gareth Bale announced his retirement from club and international football at the age of 33 on Monday, bringing to an end one of the most decorated careers in British football history.Wales' record appearance holder and goalscorer led his country from the international football wilderness to qualify for two European Championships, reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2016, and a first World Cup since 1958.The Los Angeles FC forward, who previously played for Southampton, Tottenham and Real Madrid, made his final competitive appearance during Wales' World Cup group stage fixture with England on November 29.https://t.co/NNErxMVGCS— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) 1673277141000"After careful and thoughtful consideration, I announce my immediate retirement from club and international footbal...
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India equal England’s T20I record with big win over Sri Lanka | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India dished out an all-round performance to outclass Sri Lanka in all aspects of the game to seal a massive 91-run win in the third and the last T20I in Rajkot on Saturday. With this win India clinched the three-match series 2-1 and kept their record of winning every bilateral T20I series against Sri Lanka intact. India also extended their bilateral T20I series winning streak at home to 12. India last lost a bilateral T20I series at home against Australia in 2019.Arshdeep Singh picks up the final wicket of the innings as #TeamIndia win by 91 runs and clinch the series 2-1.Th… https://t.co/1JSx0NS8xb— BCCI (@BCCI) 1673110349000The victory against Sri Lanka also helped India draw level with England in the list of most wins against a single opponent in T20Is. India recorded the...
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Fit-again England pacer Jofra Archer ‘ready’ for hectic season | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: England pacer Jofra Archer, whose career has been plagued by injuries to his elbow and lower back, is looking forward to his comeback in 2023."2022 thank you. 2023 I'm ready," Archer took to Twitter to announce his return.Having bought him for Rs 8 crore, Mumbai Indians sorely missed the injured Archer last season. The record five-time IPL champions may finally hope to see his dream pairing with India pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah in the upcoming season.2022 thank you 🙏🏾2023 I’m ready 🤝 https://t.co/UeH3PaVReh— Jofra Archer (@JofraArcher) 1672545916000MI have also signed him for their Cape Town franchise in the inaugural SAT20.Archer, who was England's leading wicket-taker in their 2019 ODI World Cup triumph, last played an international game in March 2021.A fit-again Archer was...
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‘I accept the pressure’ – Erik ten Hag wary that Manchester United spending must bring results | Football News – Times of India

MANCHESTER: Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag said he is aware that his club's excessive spending in the close season transfer window means there is pressure to secure a top-four finish this term.United spent more than 200 million pounds ($240.92 million) to bring in Brazilian duo Antony and Casemiro from Ajax Amsterdam and Real Madrid respectively, Argentine World Cup winner Lisandro Martinez and Dutch full back Tyrell Malacia ahead of the current campaign.Ten Hag, who took over as coach from Ralf Rangnick in April, has revamped a squad looking to turn things around after their worst-ever Premier League points haul last term. United are fifth in the current standings, three points off the top four."I accept how it is, I accept that pressure," Ten Hag told a news conference. "But als...
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England recall Jofra Archer for South Africa ODI tour

England have named fast bowler Jofra Archer in their 14-man squad for the three-match One-Day International series in South Africa next month, while there is a first call-up in the 50-over format for in-form batsman Harry Brook. Archer had been sidelined by an elbow problem but is fit again and hoping to push for a place in England’s Ashes test series in June. He has not played ODIs since March 2021. Archer has been signed by the Cape Town Indians Twenty20 franchise and will play in the SA20 league from early January, though the competition will break for a little over a week so as not to clash with England’s tour. Brook has been rewarded for his superb recent test form in Pakistan, while opener Ben Duckett could play his first ODI since 2016. England have also included seamer Reece Top...
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Steve Smith backs David Warner to regain form | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Australia batter Steve Smith on Wednesday backed under-fire David Warner to find Test form, saying the opener has a tendency of doing well when his "back's up against the wall".Warner has been struggling in the longest format of the game. His last Test century came almost three years ago.The opener could manage only three runs, which included a golden duck, in the first Test against South Africa, which the hosts won by six wickets inside two days.Prior to the first Test against the Proteas, he had scores of 5, 48, 21, 28 in the four innings this summer."You only have to look back a (few) weeks ago (to) a one-day game out here (at the MCG) against England, he scored 100 on what was a pretty tough wicket," Smith was quoted as saying by Australian Associated Press (AAP)."We've s...
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England’s tactical moves in Test series paid off in Pakistan, says Ben Stokes

England’s skipper Ben Stokes shakes hand with Pakistani players after winning the test cricket match against Pakistan, in Karachi. | Photo Credit: AP Captain Ben Stokes believes England adapted well to the conditions in Pakistan with its aggressive and bold tactical moves to register the country’s only second 3-0 test series sweep in the subcontinent. Stokes’ predecessor Joe Root led England to its only other sweep on the subcontinent when it beat Sri Lanka 3-0 in 2018. And England’s ‘Bazball’ approach to test cricket under new coach Brendon McCullum, a long-time star for New Zealand, was the determining factor in Pakistan losing a three-test home series 3-0 for the first time. England signed off on its first test tour to Pakistan in 17 years with an emphatic eight-wicket win on Tuesda...
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Removing fear of failure has helped England: Brendon McCullum | Cricket News – Times of India

England head coach Brendon McCullum said removing the fear of failure has helped the talent in his team come through after they became the first Test side to complete a 3-0 whitewash in Pakistan on Tuesday. England comfortably chased a target of 167 to win the third and final match in Karachi, adding to their wins in Rawalpindi and Multan. The high-risk high-reward approach that has brought England nine wins from 10 Tests has been dubbed 'Bazball' in a nod to McCullum's style but the New Zealander shifted the credit to new captain Ben Stokes. "The side is very much in the image of the skipper," McCullum told Sky Sports. "He wants the guys to go out there and play with as much freedom as they can. "He has identified that taking away that pressure and fear of failure allows the talent to ...
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Pakistan vs England 3rd Test: England complete memorable 3-0 Test series sweep in Pakistan | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: A relentless England line-up powered to an eight-wicket win in the third and final cricket Test on Tuesday to complete an historic series sweep in Pakistan.England started the day needing a further 55 runs for victory and reached 170-2 within 38 minutes to secure their second successive win with more than a day to spare in their first Test tour to Pakistan in 17 years.AS IT HAPPENEDIt was Pakistan's first ever 0-3 loss in a three-Test series on home soil.Pakistan fell for 216 against 18-year-old rookie Rehan Ahmed (5-48) in the second innings to set England a modest target of 167 for victory.Ben Duckett resumed on 50 and remained unbeaten on 82 off 78 balls and skipper Ben Stokes signed off his team's dominant 'Bazball' brand of aggressive cricket by finishing 35 not out.Pakist...
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Pakistan vs England, 3rd Test: Five-wicket haul ‘dream come true’, says England’s Rehan Ahmed | Cricket News – Times of India

Teenage sensation Rehan Ahmed said taking five wickets on his Test debut was a "dream come true" after his heroics left England on the brink of victory in the third Test against Pakistan and a record clean sweep. Ahmed dismissed Pakistan captain Babar Azam and key player Mohammad Rizwan among others as his spin bowling proved to be the game-changer for England on day three. The 18-year-old became the youngest debutant in men's Test history to take five wickets in a single inning, beating the previous record held by Australia's Pat Cummins. "It was probably the best day of my life again. To get a five-for on debut is a dream come true," Ahmed told the BBC. "I have bowled better balls and not got wickets. To get Babar Azam out is a dream come true. He is a very good player. "I liked the R...
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It wasn’t an easy decision: Chris Woakes on opting out of IPL for Ashes bid | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: England all-rounder Chris Woakes says it wasn't an easy call to miss the "financially rewarding" IPL next year but he had to do that to have a best shot at making the Test team for the 2023 Ashes at home. Woakes might not have attracted a million dollar bid but would have been sought- after at the IPL auction in Kochi later this week. Woakes, who missed the home Test season with injury, will be instead turning up for Warwickshire in the County Championship. "It wasn't an easy decision, by any means. There's still a part of me that wishes I could go because the IPL is a great tournament and financially it could be very rewarding - but I didn't want to make the decision solely on finance. "It's a tricky scenario: having just won a World Cup, potentially stock could be high. There ...
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England dismiss Pakistan for 304 on opening day of third Test | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI (Pakistan): England dismissed Pakistan for 304 on the first day of the third and final Test of the series at Karachi's National Stadium on Saturday, with home side skipper Babar Azam and Agha Salman putting on defiant half-centuries. Babar hit a superb 78 at the top of the order while Salman made 56 later in the innings to take them to a respectable total as wickets fell regularly around them. England were 7-1 at stumps with Ben Duckett (4) and Ollie Pope (3) batting together after Zak Crawley was trapped in front of the wicket for a duck in Abrar Ahmed's opening over. Pakistan, who have already lost the series with defeats in Rawalpindi and Multan, won the toss and opted to bat on another flat track. But the hosts were rocked by England, who made early inroads in the first sess...
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England’s Mark Wood considered quitting Test cricket during injury layoff | Cricket News – Times of India

England fast bowler Mark Wood said he considered giving up Test cricket during a prolonged injury layoff this year but dismissed the idea as he wanted to be involved in the new approach to the format under captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum. Wood missed the entire summer after undergoing surgery on his right elbow for an injury suffered in March. He returned to England's team for their 26-run win in the second Test against Pakistan in Multan, taking six wickets. Prior to his return, Wood had not played under the leadership of Stokes and McCullum - who have championed an aggressive, high-risk high-reward style. When asked if he had contemplated giving up the longest format of the game during his spell on the sidelines, Wood told reporters, "Yes. I wondered if I'd go white-ball...
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Azeem Rafiq says he was forced to leave England after being abused for speaking out on racism | Cricket News – Times of India

Former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq said he was "driven out" of England after speaking about his experiences last year on the racism he faced at the county club and that he still lacks support from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Rafiq, a former captain of the England Under-19 side and of Pakistani descent, had told a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee in November 2021 he received sustained racist abuse and had contemplated suicide while at Yorkshire. His allegations of institutional racism rocked English cricket, leading to sweeping changes at the club and encouraging other victims to come forward. Speaking again to the DCMS panel on Tuesday, the 31-year-old said he did not feel supported even though he now receives round-the-clock security from the ECB. "In ...
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Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff’s injuries not life-threatening after ‘Top Gear’ crash: Reports | Cricket News – Times of India

Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff has been taken to hospital after an accident during the filming of an episode of the BBC's "Top Gear" show, but his injuries were not life-threatening, British media reported on Tuesday. "Freddie (Flintoff) was injured in an accident at the Top Gear test track this morning - with crew medics attending the scene immediately," a BBC spokesperson told Sky News, adding they will confirm more details in due course. Separately the Sun newspaper said, citing a source, that Flintoff was receiving treatment, and that his injuries were not life-threatening. The BBC did not immediately respond to Reuters' request for comment. All-rounder Flintoff quit cricket in 2010 and joined Top Gear as a host in 2019, having also tried out a career in boxing in between....